Shakira denies having defrauded more than 17 million dollars in Spain and assures that she resided in the Bahamas


9 Jul 2021 00:56 GMT

The Tax Agency believes that the artist stopped paying taxes by showing that she did not live in the Iberian country and hiding her income through companies based in tax havens.

The defense of the Colombian singer Shakira assured this Thursday that her client is not guilty of having defrauded the Spanish treasury close to 17.1 million dollars, according to the accusation, because she had a certificate of permanent residence in the Bahamas, local media report .

According to reports from the Spanish tax agency, the artist stopped paying taxes in that country, pretending that she did not live there and hiding her income through a network of societies based in different tax havens.

Thus, the court of instruction number two of Esplugues de Llobregat, in the province of Barcelona, ​​investigates her for allegedly having defrauded that amount of money during the years from 2012 to 2014.

Treasury officials consider that Shakira lived more than 183 days a year in Spain – the minimum time according to which someone is considered a tax resident – since that total must also include the days on which the Colombian was traveling abroad, such as for example on his concert tours.

“Differences in criteria”

The expert appointed by the singer’s defense maintains that before 2015 she only visited Barcelona on a specific basis, due to her romantic relationship with Gerard Piqué, a FC Barcelona footballer and her current partner. In this way, he argues that the days of sporadic absence should not be counted as time of residence in the Iberian country.

The Prosecutor’s Office, in its complaint, accuses Shakira and her tax advisor in the United States of six crimes against the Public Treasury, and maintains that, through the aforementioned framework, they hatched a “plan” not to pay to the Treasury neither the wealth tax nor the personal income tax (IRPF). It also ensures that she obtained “specific and privileged tax conditions” in Luxembourg, when she was already residing in Spain.

Through a statement, the defense of the artist affirmed that the appearance of her expert in said court, this Thursday, is “one more step in a procedure that is still in the investigation phase”, underlining that she will collaborate fully with the authority judicial and tax to “solve the difference of criteria” between both parties.

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